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Patti Sullivan joins The Active Age board of directors

November 1, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Active Age’s newest board member brings with her a varied business background and love of learning. Patti Sullivan was voted onto the board during its September meeting. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. A Wichita […]

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Things to do

| By The Active Age

Veterans parade to honor female vets By James Bower Organizers of this year’s Veterans Day Parade in Wichita are encouraging female veterans to take part in this year’s event. “Honoring Women Veterans” is the theme of the Nov. 5 parade. The idea came to Vietnam veteran Herb Duncan two years ago but was delayed by […]

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“RMDs,” “QCDs” and The Active Age

| By Sharon Van Horn

Although we might like to keep retirement funds in our account indefinitely, according to the IRS one generally has to start taking withdrawals from an IRA, SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA or retirement plan account upon reaching the age 72.  However, starting at age 70 1/2, one option is to take a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), […]

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Election volunteers proud of system and their service

October 1, 2022 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

When Lori Hein turned the legal voting age of 18, not only did she cast her vote in her first eligible election — she also worked the polls in Harvey County as a volunteer. That was back in 1976 — the year America celebrated its bicentennial — and the 64-year-old Hein has worked almost every […]

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Demand swamps program for hearing aids

| By The Active Age

There’s no shortage of local residents needing hearing aids. A Sedgwick County program that will provide hearing aids to people closed almost as soon as it opened last month after 63 applicants quickly accounted for all the available money. The program is being administered by the Independent Living Resource Center, a Wichita nonprofit. “That has […]

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Book pours out stories of Kansas beer

| By Ted Ayers

Michael Travis isn’t a native Kansan, but he probably knows as much about the state’s craft beer scene as anyone. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Travis spent the bulk of his career with Topeka-based Payless Shoes before a pandemic-induced career change gave him the flexibility to research and write “Celebrating Kansas Breweries: […]

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What Kansas gubernatorial candidates say on senior-related issues

| By The Active Age

Governor Laura Kelly and Attorney General Derek Schmidt responded to The Active Age’s gubernatorial candidate survey’s questions: 1. What do you think are the two or three issues most critical to seniors, and what do you propose to do about them? 2. What in your record suggests that you are the best candidate to serve […]

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What Sedgwick County Commission candidates say on senior-related issues

| By The Active Age

Three of five Sedgwick County Commission districts are being contested in this fall’s election. The Active Age asked each candidate to answer the following questions in 100 words or less: 1. Do you think the county’s current spending on senior-related services is adequate, and if not, what do you propose to do about it? 2. […]

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Concerts, film and more things to do in October

| By the active age

Strike up the bands The Delano Jazz Orchestra and Delano Brass Ensemble kick off their 2022-23 seasons this fall with free concerts at the West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. The 18-member jazz group will play a concert featuring compositions by Pat Matheny, Charles Mingus and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The […]

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It’s a slippery slope from livestock to pet

| By Ted Blankenship

When we had six heifers and their offspring on 20 acres north of Rose Hill, the veterinarian (a frequent visitor) gave me some advice that would have been very useful if I had followed it.  “Don’t ever name your cows,” he said.  “Oh, we won’t do that,” I replied.  Unfortunately, we had already named them.  […]

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Newton library, reading circle continue partnership

| By Ted Ayers

NEWTON — For a book lover, the long and intertwined histories of the Newton Public Library and Ladies Reading Circle of Newton are fascinating stuff. The reading circle came first, in 1880, making it one of the oldest continuously-meeting women’s groups in Kansas. The library opened in 1886, and many members of the reading circle […]

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October quiz and contest: How sweet it is

| By Nancy Wheeler

Halloween is coming, and candy will be flowing. How much do you remember about vintage candies that made their debuts decades ago? Send us the answers to the questions below and we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to The Spice Merchant. To enter, mail your answers to The Active […]

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What’s playing on local theatre stages

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. The Rocky Horror Show, a cult classic like no other. Prop packs are available for $10 at the door for fans who want to participate. Doors open at 6:30 pm Fri-Sat; show at 8 pm. Sun, doors open at 12:30 pm; show at 2 pm. Oct 14-30. Tickets, dinner […]

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Her cooking’s a ‘magnet for friends’

| By Beth Bower

As a youngster, Janne Rowe used the Kansas State Fair as a kind of cooking school, trying out tricks and techniques she’d seen in Hutchinson on her family at home. “I liked to bake,” Rowe said. “I started baking for 4-H in grade school and found I sort of had a knack for it. As […]

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Savvy Senior

| By Jim Miller

Free Online Hearing Tests You Can Take at Home Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any good online hearing tests? My husband has hearing loss, but I can’t get him to go in and get his hearing checked, so I thought a simple online test could help him recognize he has a problem. What can […]

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West High alumni help build back school’s academics, pride

| By Joe Stumpe

Bill Reagan’s years at West High School were some of the best of his life. “All I remember are positives,” said Reagan, a member of the Pioneer class of  ’64. “The teachers were great.” So when Reagan learned that the school’s graduation rate was languishing behind other Wichita schools, he decided to do something about […]

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Living with diabetes focus of event

| By The Active Age

The sixth annual “Live Well With Diabetes” event next month brings together people dealing with the disease along with doctors, nurses, nutritionists and pharmacists who help them care for it. Sponsored by Great Plaines Diabetes, the free Nov. 5 event runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wichita State Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th […]

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Family’s three generations of physicians honored

August 31, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

Dr. G.G. Brown moved his medical practice to Wichita in 1908 to serve the city’s black community. Although the days of segregated medicine are long gone, the need for black physicians such as Dr. Brown has never been more acute than it is now. “We really need to figure out how to get more minority […]

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Sedgwick County commissioners spar, shoot down aging budget boost for now

| By The Active Age

A small slice of the 2023 Sedgwick County budget set aside for senior-related services generated the longest and most contentious debate of any section before county commissioners approved the spending plan Wednesday. The back-and-forth came after 5th District Commissioner Jim Howell suggested adding $125,000 to the Department on Aging budget, a move seconded by 4th […]

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New baseball museum a home run

| By Bob Rives

There’s a lot of wow factor in Wichita’s newest museum. Now open as part of the Riverfront Stadium complex is the Wichita Baseball Museum, a 3,000-square-foot, $1.8 million showcase that not only is exciting but free to visit. Jordan Kobritz, a part owner and chief executive officer of the host Wichita Wind Surge minor league […]

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Beechwood: The whole story

| By Donald Willis

Editor’s note: This is the longer version of Donald Willis’ article on the World War II era Beechwood housing project that appeared in our September issue. I have enjoyed reading the articles in The Active Age from the “Wichita Old Neighborhood Project” overseen by Patrick O’Connor. I would like to tell of my old neighborhood, […]

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Veterans now have 24/7 way to contact the VA for healthcare

| By James Bower

Recently, I called my local VA Medical Center to see about getting in to see my primary care doctor.  Imagine my surprise when a real person not only answered the phone but was ready to help. As I spoke with Cindy, the nurse that answered my call, it became evident that the VA had launched […]

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Tallgrass at 20: An insider’s guide

| By Janice Van Sickle

Do you know that we have a nationally recognized film festival right here in Wichita? The Tallgrass Film Festival has been named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine seven times. The festival’s motto — “Stubbornly Independent” — seems to be working. This year, the festival celebrates its […]

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Summer program pairs kids and calves

| By Nancy Carver Singleton

FURLEY — A program that introduces children to the responsibilities and rewards of caring for calves is back after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Kid-n-Calf provided six children between the ages of 8 and 12 with calves this summer. On Saturday mornings from late May through mid-August, they learned to take care of […]

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Lifelong Learning program packs them in at Metroplex, online

| By Tammara Fogle

The Lifelong Learning program at Wichita State University shows that a lot of people love that back-to-school experience. The program, which is free for residents 60 years and older, started eight years ago with 68 people enrolled in one class. This fall, 10 courses are being offered, and enrollment totaled 1,364 through Aug. 17, according […]

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